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Pretty Face: Make-up optional skin

I hesitated to do a post about skin. It’s like the ultimate jinx. Right? “Hey look at my wonderful skin and here’s how I maintain it” …and the next day my face will be a hot mess!

But I’ll push past my own issues to share what an everyday girl with sensitive skin uses.

As I’ve aged, I’ve had to be more diligent in how I care for my skin. I know women are always looking for the next new thing in skin care or the “old staple” that really works…so I thought I’d share.

A few years ago I was a totally Philosophy girl, but now I’ve diversified. What got me to try Philosophy was their slogan about their skincare creating make-up optional skin. To me, that’s really important. I am a self admitted minimalist when it comes to make up, but even if you like to wear makeup, having the option not to wear it is something that I find super appealing. So here’s what I use:

Pretty Face: Skin Care Regimen

1.Cetaphil is great and economical. I now use it for me and my daughter. It’s similar to Philosophy’s purity face wash–that I like as well.

2. Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash is gentle and still re-surfaces the dead skin quickly. Nothing like looking grey in the winter.

3. Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple wipes. At first it took me some time to get used to them, but they are so perfect for the night I had tonight. I am utterly exhausted. After a day of work, I’ve put up Christmas decorations with a “helpful” 4 year old. (’nuff said.) Washed a load of laundry and I even folded it and put it away. (The t-shirts were actually warm when I put them back in the drawer.) I used to use baby wipes (and when I am being frugal I still do) but seriously the purity wipes are great. Keep them by your bedside.

4. I use the Aveeno Daily lotion, but truth be told I am looking for another, especially for the winter. I’m not a fan of the illuminating sparkles they put in the lotion…

5. Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar with spf was my go-to day time lotion before I switched to aveeno.

6. For a girl with sensitive skin, Eucerin is my go-to lotion for fall and winter and heck early spring. In the summer I can get away with lighter stuff–in that case I use Baby Grace by Philosophy.

7. I have nothing but good things to say about Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel. I try to do it once a week. When I am looking grey and splotchy, especially in the winter, the peel is my do-over. Also the two step process is fun.

8. When I use the peel and then use my L’oreal night cream (it’s for maturing skin like 40+, but I am proactive!) I look like I’ve been on vacation–well rested. But even if I don’t use the peel, the night cream is my newest staple.

So with lots of water, avocado, salmon, and other good fats I’ve been able to maintain make-up optional skin. My skin isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me. And again, I’ll admit–when I don’t eat right no peel, cream, or cleanser helps.

I’m curious about your skin-care tips.

stay inspired and enjoy the journey,

~A. G.

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Pretty Face: Minimalism

As a working mom, blogger, wife (etc. etc.) my make-up preference is minimalist at best. As a teen I was really into make-up (who wasn’t?). I recall the blue eyeliner (mine wasn’t this polished)

Blue Eyeshadow Black Woman

and brown or black outlined lips filled in with light colors…


I’ve since revised my make-up strategy substantially, I’m a mascara and chapstick girl most days. (Blush if I have an important meeting). Here’s my daily go-to collection:

Pretty Face: Minimal Make-up

Mascara, mascara, mascara. I actually feel naked without it. I started out loving L’Oreal’s voluminous (I love the natural lush look), but most recently, I’ve been using Cover Girl’s lash blast. (I think the packaging is what hooked me).

Tinted moisturizer. Beauty bloggers I follow tend to really love Laura Mercier. I wasn’t sure how it would fare for a woman of color, but I am happy to report I am very pleased with the tinted moisturizer. I’ve also made my own (foundation and moisturizer mix) but that’s only in a pinch.

MAC’s bronzer. I use this in the summer/early fall to add to my glow. In the winter it just looks silly on me.

Estee Lauder Pink Kiss Blush. In my early make up days I never wore blush (it seemed old ladyish and I always saw it done wrong). Now I know the importance of blush–it gives me just enough color.

Any other must-have products I’ve missed?


A. Genise